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Panfish thread #13977908 07/15/19
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I've borrowed my brothers fly rod to learn on while I'm looking for the right set-up to pounce on. Been hitting the local creek to practice casting in a place that isn't crowded. Been pulling in a lot of small bluegill, not eating size. In my reading old threads here, there was a bluegill thread pretty regular.

So how bout it? Are you guys still fishing for them, or just to busy talking politics in the hunters campfire?

Let's see some pics from this summer, Bluegill, Perch, Crappie, Bass, Trout.....

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Re: Panfish thread [Re: LJBass] #13978006 07/15/19
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a five wt and a small popping bug with rubber "legs" on a lake or pond is as much fun as you can have with your clothes on...


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Re: Panfish thread [Re: LJBass] #13979273 07/16/19
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My dad live on a lake with a lot of grass that came up high enough to lay on the surface. Every so often there were opennings in the grass about the size of a hula hoop or larger. we would drop a popping bug in the and just work it across the opening. Plenty of nice sized crappies and bluegills with an occasional bass and northern. Fun evenings with my dad.

Long time ago we lived on the Milwaukee River and would float the river working the deeper holes below riffles and where the river was deeper under the over hanging willows, plenty of smallmouth bass and an occasional northern. Some of the most fun was hitting some of the faster waters catching large shiners for bait, we'd stock up our bait tank for northern pike trips. Drifting dough balls on a flyrod through the deeper holes in the river would put some big carp on the line, boy do they fight in the current, some could make a big steelhead look like a slug.

When I moved to northern MN, in the fall we'd hit the drainage ditches with rubber ants and stock up on chubs for trapline bait.


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Yep fishing with small poppers is the ultimate fun but seem to catch more with bright colored soft hackles.


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My farm pond had a lot of panfish in it. Bluegills, Perch, Crappie, and Bass. Fly fishing for larger than average bluegills with a fly rod and small poppers or wet flies is a lot of fun.

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My farm pond had a lot of panfish in it. Bluegills, Perch, Crappie, and Bass. Fly fishing for larger than average bluegills with a fly rod and small poppers or wet flies is a lot of fun.

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Bringing this thread back up.
All these were caught on a 2wt 8’ TFO.
My wife and I love fishing for panfish and bass with our flyrods.

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Originally Posted by Sasha_and_Abby
a five wt and a small popping bug with rubber "legs" on a lake or pond is as much fun as you can have with your clothes on...



Yep, and FWIW make the popping bug chartreuse...


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Yep, I have about decided that chartreuse is about the only color I’m gonna stock for bluegill etc anymore.

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If it ain't chartreuse, it ain't no use, so "they" say. Occasionally a white or yellow will out-fish chartreuse, but not often.


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Originally Posted by BKS
Bringing this thread back up.
All these were caught on a 2wt 8’ TFO.
My wife and I love fishing for panfish and bass with our flyrods.



nice!! they' re a blast to catch on a 2 wt. yellow aways was a good color for me


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I have a pond behind my place I might give a popping bug a try. Crazy but I have lived here 8 years and never tossed a line in this pond that is 15 yards from my back door. I suppose it like hunters that don't shoot their yard deer. Always someone fishing across the pond off the church property. I'm alway loading up the kayak and heading to the saltwater.


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A year or two ago I asked for information about fly fishing sunnies.
I think Ingwe responded and maybe a few others.

I already had a 7 weight rod, but wanted something lighter. I bought a 5 weight rod and a few little poppers.

I have access to a nice little lake with lots of panfish and have to say I havnt had this much fun fishing in quite awhile. I love to see the fish come up and literally gulp in the fly. Some in the evenings I can hear them feeding from quite a ways away.

I leave my fly rod on my pontoon boat and I can go out and fish for a half hour or so almost whenever I want. What a hoot when a big bluegill comes up and hits the fly with a gulp and a bid swirl!

I have been using a yellow and black popper that looks like a yellow jacket. Actually, not much paint left on it.

My casting technique leaves a lot to be desired and I have more knots in my leader than I care to count, but it’s coming along. And I love it!

I have some photos but not sure how to post them anymore.
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I use a fiberglass 3 wt and yellow Boogle Bug. It's great fun.


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